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Projected lineups for Predators, Rangers

Tuesday, 01.17.2012 / 1:04 PM

By Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer / At the Rink blog

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Projected lineups for Predators, Rangers
NEW YORK -- The Rangers appear to be back at full strength with Brandon Dubinsky (shoulder) and Ruslan Fedotenko (back) taking part in practice Tuesday.

Dubinsky missed three games while Fedotenko missed one. Both reported feeling good after practice and will be in the lineup against the Predators as long as there are no setbacks between practice and gametime.

Henrik Lundqvist will start in net for the Rangers. He'll be opposed by backup Anders Lindback, who gets the start with the Predators playing the second half of a back-to-back.

Lindback won't have the luxury of Ryan Suter on the blue line, as the defenseman is out with an upper-body injury. Rookie Craig Smith, who missed the last two games while feeling under the weather, will check back into the lineup.

The Predators didn't take part in a full practice Tuesday, so their lines are guesswork. The Rangers unveiled some news lines during their skate. Here's what each team could look like when the puck drops at Madison Square Garden:

PREDATORS

Sergei Kostitsyn - Mike Fisher - Martin Erat
Colin Wilson - David Legwand - Patric Hornqvist
Nick Spaling - Gabriel Bourque - Jordin Tootoo
Brian McGrattan - Craig Smith - Matt Halischuk

Francis Bouillon - Shea Weber
Roman Josi - Kevin Klein
Jack Hillen - Ryan Ellis

Anders Lindback
Pekka Rinne

RANGERS
Brandon Dubinsky - Brad Richards - Ryan Callahan
Carl Hagelin - Derek Stepan - Marian Gaborik
Ruslan Fedotenko - Brian Boyle - Brandon Prust
Artem Anisimov - John Mitchell - Mike Rupp

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto - Anton Stralman
Marc Staal - Stu Bickel

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron

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